France has made it a crime to deny the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
Ties between France and Turkey, strategic allies and trading partners, abruptly unraveled Thursday after French legislators passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constitute genocide.
The bill strikes at the heart of national honor in Turkey, which denies the genocide label and insists the 1915 massacres occurred during civil unrest as the Ottoman Empire collapsed, with losses on both sides.
But it’s seen as a matter of principle for some French politicians, and a matter of long-overdue justice for the half a million people in France of Armenian descent, many of whom had relatives among the 1.5 million Armenians killed.
The French bill still needs Senate approval, but after it passed the lower house, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan halted bilateral political and economic contacts, suspended military cooperation and ordered his country’s ambassador home for consultations.
Turkey argues France is trampling freedom of expression and that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is on a vote-getting mission before April presidential elections.
France formally recognized the 1915 killings as genocide in 2001, but provided no penalty for anyone refuting that.
The bill passed Thursday sets a punishment of up to one year in prison and a fine of euro 45,000 (USD 59,000) for those who deny or “outrageously minimize” the killings, putting such action on par with denial of the Holocaust.
The reaction of Turkey, is similar to what the German Government would have reacted in 1946, if the Nazis had continued in power.
There is no major difference between Nazism and Islam. The source are the same. The ideology is based on mocking God of the Bible, and get rid of all who claim they are “God’s chosen people”.
The Jews faced termination in Nazi Germany. The cruelty of the children of Satan, left six million Jews in gas chambers in central Catholic Europe.
The Christians in Armenia faced the same treatment by the Ottoman Turks. The present day Islamic regime in Ankara, is the successor of the Ottoman Turks. Unlike Germany, Turkey has haven apologized, nor acknowledged that there was a genocide inside present day Turkey. The Turkish people live in denial of the horrible crimes committed by the sons of daughters of Muhammad.
The present day government in Ankara should be treated like war criminals, till the Turks repent.
Written by Ivar